Piano Teaching Lesson Plans: Introducing Intervals
Using online piano lesson assignments including virtual links allows my students easy access to learning videos and song samples all in one place. By sharing a google doc with the parents and students, students can access the document from week to week as I add their newest assignment to the top of the page. This post includes specific instructions for pieces in the Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1 but many of the activities could also be used with other pieces for introducing intervals. Scroll to the bottom to view lesson plan links for other concepts.
UNIT 4: Naming Intervals
Lesson: Red LB 26 Traffic Jam 2nds
*Remember to play the scales using contrary motion.
Game: VMT Symbol Splash
Focus Goal/New Concepts: Interval of a 2nd and Dissonance
Lesson: Red LB 27 This is Not Jingle Bells
Watch “Musical Intervals”. Challenge * How many intervals can you sing or play along on the piano as you listen to the song? (A sec-ond, a third, a fourth, etc.)
Optional Rote Piece First Snowflake of Winter Blue Gold Star/ Chopsticks
Focus Goal/New Concepts: Interval of a 3rd
Lesson: Red LB 28 Kites in the Sky
Draw a line over each measure that has only 3rds. What intervals do all the other parts of the song use?
*Can you glide your left hand over right hand like a rainbow and still play this song with steady rhythm until the ritardando (slow down section at the end)?
*Optional Rote Piece Melodic Thirds Piano Safari Skip to My Lou
Lesson: Red LB 30 A Mixed Up Song
Can you find all of the Harmonic 4ths in your music and color them? Choose a different color and draw a line between the Melodic 4ths
Game: Interval Slap - Using the Over the Edge Cards Race your partner to slap all of the 4ths first
Focus Goal/New Concepts: Interval of 4th
Lesson: Red LB 32 Flute of the Andes
Color the dynamics in your music.
*Can you play expressively by following the dynamics and floating an octave higher at the end?
Focus Goal/New Concepts: Octave Sign
Lesson: Red LB 33 Runaway Rabbit
Color all the harmonic and melodic 4ths in your music.
*Did you play steadily with expressive slurs and staccatos?
Watch Creature Sounds by Wynn Ann Rossi. Choose a creature and make up your own song or begin the Animal Menagerie Composing Project.
Lesson: Red LB 34 Rain Forest
*Count aloud and be sure to hold the longer notes for their full value to prepare for playing a round at your next lesson.
Focus Goal/New Concepts:Interval of a 5th
Lesson: Red LB 35 Lightly Row
*Play the 2 note slurs with a down up wrist motion.